Stunning graphic novel presents the entire iTunes Terms and Conditions

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I thought Robert Crumb's unabridged graphic novel of the Book of Genesis was a herculean effort, but cartoonist R. Sikoryak has tackled an even more arduous task: incorporating the complete, unabridged iTune's user agreement into a graphic novel. Sikoryak is very good at drawing comics in the style of other cartoonists, and he uses this skill here to great effect. Take a gander:

Page 48 (after Chester Gould)

Page 46 (after Hergé)

Page 42 (after Otto Mesmer)

Page 41 (after Rube Goldberg)

Unbelievable! You can buy hardcopies here: THE UNABRIDGED GRAPHIC ADAPTATION: ITUNES TERMS AND CONDITIONS, PART A & PART B | THE UNABRIDGED GRAPHIC ADAPTATION: ITUNES TERMS AND CONDITIONS, PART C & PART D Read the rest

EPA finds more toxic VW emissions fraud in Audis and Porsches

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The EPA, the California Air Resources Board and Environment Canada have detected more fraudulent firmware in VW products; this time in 2014-2016 cars from the super-profitable Audii and Porsche lines. Read the rest

Adorable robotic cube jumps to the top of a pile

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Robots have a hard time making their way across uneven, unstable terrain. Read the rest

Appeals court holds the FBI is allowed to kidnap and torture Americans outside US borders

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The DC Appeals Court has just ruled against Amir Meshal, a US citizen who was arrested in Kenya by a joint US-Kenyan-Ethiopian law enforcement operation, held for months, tortured with FBI agents present and threatened with his secret murder, then released without any charges. Read the rest

South Carolina sheriff fires the school-cop who beat up a black girl at her desk

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Ben Fields, the South Carolina sheriff’s deputy who was video-recorded beating up a black schoolgirl who was sitting peacefully at her desk, has been fired. Read the rest

DMCA exemption carved to help preserve old games

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The US Library of Congress has created an exemption to copyright law to make it legal to preserve abandoned video games, including online server code required to play them. Read the rest

"Hello, you're watching Dish Network. Did you know you're a satellite pirate?"

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Here's a 2009 clip from Dish Network informing anyone watching a special channel that they are a "satellite pirate." It's not too harsh, actually, and Dish quickly goes from scolding "pirates" to pitching them with special offers. Read the rest

Learn the fastest way to tie your shoelaces

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Many more tips on Ian Fleggen's classic "Professor Shoelace" site.

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Here's the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie trailer

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On Tuesday evening, Disney released the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read the rest

Adam Savage is still optimizing the duck army

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The present status of this quixotic and strangely persistent quest: 16 ducks carefully compressed into a square compartment with a quick-release cable, suspended vertically from the ceiling. It meets its intended purpose quite well, but one is inexorable drawn to the prospect of further optimization.

I propose each duck be attached by the mouth to a canister of compressed air, cabled to begin inflating as soon as the container is released, thereby increasing the pitch and volume of their cries.

(To be clear to any passing animal lovers, judgmental aliens, members of future civilizations, etc, this does not concern real ducks)

The Cinemagician has reversed it. Read the rest

The worst traffic jam you will hopefully never experience

Beijing, China. If this fascinates you, so long as you are not sitting in it, I highly recommend Tom Vanderbilt's fantastic book "Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)."

Below, Tom's presentation at our Boing Boing: Ingenuity 2013 conference.

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Home Free wants to make you a stray dog in the big city

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It's not easy living in the big city, especially when you're a lost dog. Read the rest

Marijuana bomb falls from sky, crushes doghouse

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26 pounds of pot were found in the wreckage after a doghouse in Nogales, close to the US-Mexico border, was pulverized in the night by a package that fell from the sky. Read the rest

Amazon Prime is on sale today only for $67/year

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Today, Friday, until 11:59pm PT you can sign up for an Amazon Prime subscription for $67. I use the hell out of Amazon Prime's free two-day shipping on everything from huge boxes of toilet paper to books and records to holiday gifts shipped to family and friends. They should set up a distribution facility at the bottom of my driveway. My kids also take advantage of Prime Video streaming of movies and TV shows on our tablet. (Amazon Prime also includes unlimited photo storage, streaming music, and free Kindle books, but I've never tried those features.) For the usual $99/year, my family absolutely gets our money's worth. It's a steal for $67/year. Amazon Prime Read the rest

Watch this absolutely bizarre tribute to The Simpsons

Yoann Hervo's "Weird Simpsons VHS" is just that. (YouTube) Read the rest

New photos from the scene of Kurt Cobain's suicide

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UPDATE: Ooops, these photos were released in 2014.

Last year, the Seattle Police Department released several dozen newly-developed photos from the scene of Kurt Cobain's 1994 suicide. The police processed the film as part of a recent reinvestigation into Cobain's death. According to detective Mike Ciesynski, there is still no basis in conspiracy theories that Cobain was murdered.

Ciesynzki says that they will not release any graphic images of Cobain's body.

"What are people going to gain from seeing pictures of Kurt Cobain laying on the ground with his hair blown back, with blood coming out of his nose and trauma to his eyes from a penetrating shotgun wound," he told KIRO-TV. "How's that going to benefit anybody?"

"Dozens of new photos released from Kurt Cobain death probe" (CBS News)

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Raccoon doesn't like his friend swimming

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Wayland appears to be a bit of a wet blanket when it comes to having fun.

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